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Peter Svidler vs Mikhail Gurevich
ch-FRA Top 16 Poule Haute (2005), Port Barcares FRA, rd 9, May-05
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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Apr-09-08  Tomlinsky: Gurevich likely thought he was good for the draw here as the pieces came off in a pretty standard Rubenstein/Burn Variation. Not a chance! This is a superbly played and very instructive Rook endgame by Svidler.
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  Mateo: <Tomlinsky: Gurevich likely thought he was good for the draw here as the pieces came off in a pretty standard Rubenstein/Burn Variation. Not a chance! This is a superbly played and very instructive Rook endgame by Svidler.> As a Svidler devotee I agree, of course. As always, I am amazed by his clean job (in my opinion as clean or even cleaner than Capablanca).

However, 31...e3+? makes things easier for Svidler, since the Black King cannot support the 'e' pawn. I believe something better was 31...g6 32.Ke3 Kf6. If 33.Rd4 Kf5 34.Rd5+ is almost forced. On the long run, White should have winning prospects but it should provide Black a better defence.

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